The Samsung Impression has just been released by AT&T. This is the first phone widely available in the U.S. with AMOLED technology.
The Impression has a fairly common design for a smartphone: a slider with a 3.2-inch Touchscreen and a landscape-oriented keyboard.
It’s the AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen that sets it apart from the competition. OLED displays take advantage of the fact that some organic compounds glow when an electrical current is applied to them. This means there is no need of a backlight, as the individual pixels provide their own light. This allows OLED screens to be thinner and lighter than standard LEDs. Colors also tend to be more vivid.
Active-matrix OLEDs require a thin film transistor backplane to turn each pixel on or off, and can make higher-resolution and larger size displays possible.
The Samsung Impression runs a proprietary operating system, but still offers most of the features people expect in a smartphone, including a robust web browser and support for AT&T’s Cellular Video service.
It also has an MP3 player that can play Real audio.
The Impression is a quad-band world phone that supports AT&T’s 3G service, and also sports Bluetooth.
Pricing and Availability
The Samsung Impression is available now for $200.
It can be purchased from AT&T’s website.